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Guidance on Legionellosis Now available in New Standard


ATLANTA—Long awaited industry guidance on legionellosis is now available in a new standard from ASHRAE. The document establishes minimum legionellosis risk management requirements for building water systems.

Ecolab Releases 2014 Corporate Sustainability Report


ST. PAUL, MINN.—Ecolab Inc. recently released its 2014 Corporate Sustainability Report. This annual profile of the company’s commitment to sustainability highlights how Ecolab helps make the world cleaner, safer and healthier while protecting people and vital resources.

IHMRS Tranforms into HX: The Hotel Experience


NEW YORK—To mark its centennial anniversary, the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS) is unveiling a new brand and mission to better capture the dynamic innovation of the hospitality industry. HX: The Hotel Experience—Rooms to Restaurants (HX), will debut November 8 to 10, 2015 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City and represents a bold new strategic direction. This multimillion-dollar investment aimed at revitalizing the largest hospitality trade event in North America is founded on the belief that true hospitality is anticipating a guest’s needs to create a memorable and unique experience. To achieve that, HX will focus on innovation, inspiration and information. “Making this enormous change at our 100-year juncture is exciting,” said Anthony G. Mangano, President Syramada Hotel Corp. (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Chairman of the Board for HX 2015. “These are not tweaks or modest improvements. HX 2015 is an entirely new show.” The deep dive transformation from IHMRS to HX called on industry experts, research-based data, and prior-year show assessments to identify what the show could and should bring to the industry.

Ashkin Inducted into International Green Industry Hall of Fame


LOS ANGELES—Stephen Ashkin, President of The Ashkin Group and frequently referred to as “the Father of Green Cleaning,” was inducted into the International Green Industry Hall of Fame (IGIHOF) at a recent ceremony held at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Many Alternatives to Synthetic Insecticides Available for Treatment of Bedbugs


NATIONAL REPORT—Dig into The Bedbug Registry a bit and you just might find your own hotel listed as a place where travelers encountered bedbugs. In this social media age, where a bedbug report can go viral in seconds, it makes sense to take the necessary steps—hopefully eco-friendly ones—to keep bedbugs out and, if necessary, kill them effectively. Fortunately for those concerned about the safety of their guests and staff, there are a wide range of environmentally safe products available to detect, protect against, and kill bedbugs. It makes sense to utilize greener approaches because bedbugs have an incredible ability to develop resistance to synthetic pesticides and they can develop that resistance in a short period of time, says Paul Curtis, BCE, Manager, Technical Services, Terminix International. Also, Curtis adds, the number of incidences of bedbug infestations continues to increase. “They have not decreased at all,” Curtis says. “Bedbugs are very good hitchhikers.” Identifying a bedbug infestation before your guests find out about them is critical.

Tornado Launches New Website


WEST CHICAGO, ILL.—Tornado, a leading manufacturer of professional cleaning tools and equipment, has launched a new website dedicated to the professional cleaning industry with a focus on helping end-customers.

Ecolab Introduces Syncra Hand Hygiene System


ST. PAUL, MINN.—Ecolab introduces the Syncra Hand Hygiene System, an innovation that provides touch-free water and soap delivery to back-of-house restaurant handwashing stations, helping to improve employee handwashing compliance and restaurant food safety.

Lighting Science, Global Good to Develop Pesticide Alternatives


MELBOURNE, FLA.—Lighting Science Group Corp. and Intellectual Ventures’ Global Good announced a research agreement to collaborate on the development of next-generation light technologies for pest control. Based on Global Good’s photonic fence invention and Lighting Science’s light-control technology, the joint development effort will focus on field-ready prototypes that offer an environmentally-responsible alternative to chemical pesticides.

SFSPac Degreaser Gains Green Seal GS-37 Certification


CHICAGO—PortionPac Chemical Corp. announced that SFSPac Degreaser has met the criteria set forth by Green Seal to attain certification under the GS-37 standard. In meeting GS-37 (Cleaning Products for Industrial and Institutional Use), SFSPac Degreaser has surpassed the Standard’s strict environmental benchmarks and performs as well as or better than other cleaners in its class.

Green Seal Launches Revised Standard for Commercial Cleaning


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Green Seal, the nation’s first independent nonprofit certifier of sustainable products and services, has introduced a revised version of GS-42, its standard for Commercial and Institutional Cleaning Services.

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